Here are five things to do to ease your fears around how you sound, your pacing, and making mistakes when delivering teleseminars and webinars:
1. Record your presentation and listen to it. It may be painful at first to hear yourself, but be gracious and find the good things. And yes, look constructively at how you can improve. Then put focus in that area the next time.
2. Script your presentation. For beginners this is o.k. and one of the beauties of teleseminars. It is just REALLY important to practice many times so you don’t have to rely on every word, but your script is there if you need it. When I first started and scripted my presentations, I would look at the script, look up and away from the script, think of someone on the phone specifically that I was talking to, and then refer back to my script again.
3. Be conscious of your pace. Remember, the pause is your friend. People need time to internalize concepts, ponder thoughts, and respond to questions. Pacing and pause are important for that. Again, by recording yourself and listening to it, you can get a sense of your pacing.
4. Practice, practice, practice – the three P’s. Practice pacing. Speed up. Slow down. Practice your pauses. Pause, pause and pause some more. Practice raising and lowering your voice. Stretch yourself to speak with more power. And when it gets uncomfortable for you, stretch yourself 25% more. Go back and listen to yourself and you’ll find yourself saying “I could’ve stretched more.” Notice t.v. announcers, radio D.J’s, actors in commercials, and even in sitcoms. Notice the way everything is emphasized. Because your voice is your primary tool in a teleseminar, you will want to use it in a variety of ways.
5. It is inevitable that you will fumble and make mistakes at times. If you do, don’t apologize or bring attention to it; just keep going. You MUST forget your foible, focus on the content at hand and keep going, putting 100% of your energy into the present moment. It is VERY IMPORTANT to keep in mind that your participants won’t remember your fumbles – they’ll remember your great content. But if you put too much attention on your blunders, that is what they will remember.
Next time you prepare to deliver a teleseminar or webinar, remember these 5 tips. And remember to celebrate your progress along the way!